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2012-04-01: UN moves to curb farmland grabs;
2012-04-02: Programmes: earthrise – environmental solutions;
2012-04-02: égalité entre femmes et hommes dans votre entreprise;
2012-04-03: survival agriculture, poor, economic structures, mini farmings;
2012-04-04: Africa: From Berlin to Brussels, Will Europe underdevelop Africa again?
2012-04-05: SPIRULINA / SPIRULINE – against malnutrition / contre la malnutrition;
2012-04-06: African democracy: A glass half-full;
2012-04-06: pouquoi les MGF dans nos communautés;
2012-04-07: The South challenges globalization;
2012-04-07: Liberia: Une journaliste reçoit des menaces à cause d’une enquête;
2012-04-08: Greece: Protest of the day;
2012-04-08: L’Excision comme punition: elle risque l’excision pour son enquête sur les Sandés;
2012-04-09: Egypt’s looming economic shock doctrine;
2012-04-10: Requests for Information: 19 March – 1 April 2012;
2012-04-10: Training course for young bloggers and youth activists online;
2012-04-11: Aid, resistance and Queer power;
2012-04-12: Soweto Gospel Choir;
2012-04-12: The Food & Finance Conference;
2012-04-13: Fear of Honor Killings, Part 1: Immigrants Flee Families to Find Themselves;
2012-04-13: Les conséquences sanitaires ignorées des mutilations génitales;
2012-04-14: Good morning Tehran! Israel beams a message to Iran;
2012-04-15: Global North VS South Over Financialization of Food;
2012-04-16: What matters in raising children;
2012-04-17: DUBAI: Next door to Iran under sanctions, world looks different;
2012-04-18: HURIDOCS takes part in Alaveteli Conference – Oxford, 2 -3 April 2012;
2012-04-19: Egypt: A model capitalist?
2012-04-20: The Rio+20 Earth summit must back peasant farmers on land rights;
2012-04-21: Africa and the BRICS formation;
2012-04-22: How African dictators corrupt European politics;
2012-04-23: Talk to Al Jazeera: Why Arab women still have no voice;
2012-04-24: A 70th Birthday tribute to Walter Rodney;
2012-04-25: Cinnamon: the blood sugar stabilizer;
2012-04-26: interview with robert fisk: freedom has a sour taste for many Iraqis;
2012-04-27: The lost tribe: Isolation or inclusion, can India protect an ancient Andaman tribe on the verge of extinction?
2012-04-28: african music: Amadou SANFO;
2012-04-29: African storytellers … a large view;
2012-04-30: Egypt: Sting in the tail;
2012-04-30: Les Mutilations Génitales Féminines MGF – toujours dans la presse internationale.

Les Mutilations Génitales Féminines MGF – toujours dans la presse internationale

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dans la deuxième moitié du mois d’avril 2012:

Egypt: Sting in the tail

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Islamist parties campaigned vigorously for a yes vote in the March 2011 referendum on the interim Constitutional Declaration. Now some of them wish they hadn’t – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, 25 April – 1 May 2012.

The millions who voted in last year’s referendum on the interim constitutional declaration had little, if any, idea of the ramifications of Article 28 which they approved with a resounding yes. Ironically, many of those voters will have been swayed by Islamist parties which urged their supporters to endorse the constitutional declaration, subsequently refused any renegotiation of its contents, and are now among the most vociferous critics of one of its articles.   Continue Reading…

African storytellers … a large view

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storytellers themselves:

african music: Amadou SANFO

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concerts live:

The lost tribe: Isolation or inclusion, can India protect an ancient Andaman tribe on the verge of extinction?

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Watch this video, 24.56 min, published on Al Jazeera, April 20, 2012:

  • An ancient indigenous tribe is on the verge of extinction in India’s Andaman Islands. Habitat loss, disease and exploitation could wipe out the 400-strong Jarawa tribe, who still hunt using bows and arrows.
  • Lapses in policing and continued activity by tour operators, who encourage ‘human safaris’ where Jarawa women and children have in the past performed for tourists, are partly to blame for jeopardising the tribe’s existence.
  • Many activists want to close the main road into the tribal reserve to protect the tribe from further interaction with the outside world, but it is a lifeline providing food and work for the island’s 600,000 inhabitants.
  • To include or isolate? (full text).

interview with robert fisk: freedom has a sour taste for many Iraqis

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Published on niqash, by Henrik Ahrens, April 19, 2012.

… NIQASH spoke with him (Robert Fisk) about Iraqi media, the problem with bloggers and why some Iraqis might wish Saddam Hussein was still around:

NIQASH: You’ve been in Iraq many times over the past 34 years – in fact, you’ve witnessed some of this nation’s most recent, pivotal moments. In your opinion, what do you feel may be the solution to the country’s biggest problems now?

  • Robert Fisk: Education, education, education. Of all the problems Arabs suffer from – the problems that don’t involve outside powers – that is the basic problem I find here. When people can’t write their own names in Arabic, there’s something wrong. At the end of the day you have to put serious money into education. But in reality, what usually happens is this: “oh, you want to learn? Then you’ll have to go abroad”. So the indigenous population who either don’t want to leave, or who cannot afford to leave, remain ignorant of the world.  Continue Reading…

Cinnamon: the blood sugar stabilizer

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Published on Natural News, by Dr. David Jockers, April 22, 2012.

Cinnamon is one of the most anti-oxidant rich herbs on the planet. It has been revered by nearly every culture for centuries for its sweet taste and pleasant aroma. Cinnamon has been shown to have remarkable medicinal qualities that enhance blood sugar signaling, reduce inflammation, stimulate immunity and promote neurological health … //

… An anti-Oxidant powerhouse:   Continue Reading…

A 70th Birthday tribute to Walter Rodney

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Tendai Mwari, April 19, 2012.

As Pambazuka Press republishes ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’ we publish a tribute to the late Walter Rodney – who was assassinated by government agents in Guyana in 1980 – tracing his life, career and continuing legacy: We must stand up for those who lay down their lives for us, Walter Rodney, revolutionary and scholar, 1942-1980.

Friday 23 March 2012 marked the 70th birthday of one of the great sons of Afrika, the outstanding historian, political scientist and revolutionary Pan-Afrikanist, the late Dr Walter Anthony Rodney and the Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement joins in solidarity with the entire Afrikan world community in chanting a huge Makorokoto. Congratulations in praise and thanks giving for his life and priceless contributions towards the total liberation of Afrika and all Afrikan people … //   Continue Reading…

Talk to Al Jazeera: Why Arab women still have no voice

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Amal al-Malki, a Qatari author, says the Arab Spring has failed women in their struggle for equality

Watch the video interview with Amal al-Malki, 25.14 min, published on Al Jazeera, April 21, 2012.


No Divorce for Women, on Improvisation: Arab Women Progressive Voice (News and Commentary on Arab Women, Palestine, Cultural Politics, and Everything in Between), March 17, 2012;

Stop your husband! Ambassadors’ wives ask British-born Mrs Assad to take stand against violence in Syria with graphic video showing children killed by troops, on MailOnline, April 18, 2012;

Photo of Muslim woman holding bra causes tensions, on, April 13, 2012;

Anthology lets U.S. Muslim women talk frank on religion and relationship, on Women News Network WNN, by Marwa Helal, April 22, 2012.

How African dictators corrupt European politics

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Publisheed on Pambazuka News, by Michael Schmidt, April 19, 2012.

It is not only African presidents who are corrupted by European aid-with-strings-attached. Evidence abounds showing a secret and extensive “suitcase” system in which millions of dollars are sent by African dictators to corrupt the European political process … //


Africa and the BRICS formation

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What kind of development? – Published on Pambazuka News, by Horace Campbell, April 19, 2012.

The BRICS leaders have seen concretely that there is no alternative to moving from a unipolar world to a multipolar world that is based on mutual respect and an end to hierarchies … //


When the financial analysts at Goldman Sachs wrote their forecasts on the future of the BRIC economics in 2003, “Dreaming With BRICs: The Path to 2050,” [6] it was not in their calculation that in less than ten years the capitalist system would be in deep crisis and that the societies of the European Union would be on their knees with emissaries seeking bailout from China, Brazil and even African states.     Continue Reading…

The Rio+20 Earth summit must back peasant farmers on land rights

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Governments in the global south are claiming farmland is ‘empty’ and ‘unused’ – and flogging it off to foreigners who promise investment. The June summit in Rio needs to call a halt to this – Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, by Fred Pearce, first on The Guardian, April 17, 2012.

The agenda for the upcoming Earth summit in Rio this June has a glaring hole: land rights.

I have spent the last two years investigating the global epidemic of land grabs for a book. Saudi sheikhs, private equity whizz-kids, Indian entrepreneurs and Chinese billionaires all believe, with financier George Soros, that “farmland is going to be one of the best investments of our time”.   Continue Reading…

Egypt: A model capitalist?

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s new look presidential candidate Khairat El-Shater is touting his “renaissance” project to whoever will listen – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Amira Howeidy, 12 – 18 April 2012.

Brotherhood strong man, financier, millionaire, ex deputy supreme guide and now presidential candidate has spent two decades working behind the scenes, mostly in silence as he consolidated his influence within the group. Now, eight days after being nominated to run for the presidency, Khairet El-Shater, 62, won’t stop talking.   Continue Reading…

HURIDOCS takes part in Alaveteli Conference – Oxford, 2 -3 April 2012

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Received by e-mail, From: HURIDOCS, Date: 16/04/20

On 2nd and 3rd April, Michael Goecken and Oleg Burlaca represented HURIDOCS at the Alaveteli Conference in Oxford. The event was organized by MySociety and there were around 80 participants from around the world, with the majority of organizations represented being strongly involved with freedom of information and transparency efforts in their countries and communities. The goal of HURIDOCS during this event was to determine whether the use of Alaveteli software could be useful for projects that HURIDOCS is involved with, specifically for their forthcoming project for a freedom of information portal in Georgia.   Continue Reading…

DUBAI: Next door to Iran under sanctions, world looks different

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Published on The Asahi Shimbun, by MANABU KITAGAWA, April 12, 2012.

While the international community is stepping up its sanctions on Iran for suspicions about the country’s nuclear ambitions, their repercussions are being fully felt in this United Arab Emirates city on the other side of the Persian Gulf. More than 500,000 Iranians live in Dubai, including many merchants engaging in trade with their home country. They say business has become more difficult because the financial institutions are making it harder on them.   Continue Reading…

What matters in raising children

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Published on Current Concerns, by Dr Anita Schächter, April 10, 2012.

… Social nature:

  • Seeing the child means recognizing him or her in his social nature, to realize that he is capable of a feeling of empathy. That his personality will grow, if he experiences a sense of importance for other people.
  • If cooperation and helpfulness of the child develops from the feeling for his own value, then they are embodied in the child’s mind. The child has a feeling for his own importance and knows: “My contribution is important. I am wanted.”    Continue Reading…

Global North VS South Over Financialization of Food

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US and West fighting BRICK and other southern countries that want limits on speculation on food

Watch this video, 17.25 min, published on The Real News Network TRNN, by Vijay Prashad, April 13, 2012 – (see same, and more, on YouTube).

Transcript: PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Washington. At recent international meetings, such as the G-20, there’s been all kinds of talk about the need to regulate finance, particularly as it affects commodity prices, especially food and energy.   Continue Reading…

Good morning Tehran! Israel beams a message to Iran

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Published on Raw Story, by Agence France-Presse, April 12, 2012.

From a tiny studio in a rundown district of southern Tel Aviv, a group of Iranian-Israelis beam non-stop music and news in a bid to reach out to their former fellow countrymen.

As the war of words between the leaders of the Jewish state and theIslamic Republic heats up over Iran’s contested nuclear programme, Farsi-language web broadcaster, Radio RadisIN, is trying to set a different agenda.  Continue Reading…

Les conséquences sanitaires ignorées des mutilations génitales

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Publié dans NENEHAWA, le 8 avril 2012;

Les mutilations génitales féminines sont des pratiques qui  consistent à enlever totalement ou partiellement les organes génitaux externes d’une fille. Entre autre les conséquences, les nourrissons, filles et femmes ayant subi une mutilation ou une excision sont exposés à des risques irréversibles pour la santé qui sont  regroupés en complications à court terme et les complications à long terme:   Continue Reading…

Fear of Honor Killings, Part 1: Immigrants Flee Families to Find Themselves

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Antje Windmann, April 11, 2012.

Hundreds of young female immigrants are hiding from their families in Germany after fleeing oppression, physical violence and even death threats. Charities and social workers help the women get new identities and build independent lives for themselves, but the risk of revenge from honor-obsessed relatives remains.  Continue Reading…

The Food & Finance Conference

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Date: 17 May 2012 – Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Tower of London, ukregister hereA business and investment opportunity to you which can mean life or death to someone else
Published on euromoney conferences, April 2012.

What could the financial sector be doing to increase global food security? This is the question which drives the Euromoney Food & Finance Conference.   Continue Reading…

Soweto Gospel Choir

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Aid, resistance and Queer power

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Hakima Abbas, April 5, 2012.

If aid is not in the interests of African peoples’, why would aid conditionality be a tool for African social justice?

LGBTIQ Africans are currently at the crux of an ever-increasing conservative (dare I say fascist) assault perpetuated primarily by the ruling elites in collusion, and often financed by, global right wing forces using the apparatus of the state and institutions such as the Church. African progressive forces, through LGBTI and Queer movements and allies in the feminist, academic, human rights and social justice communities, have been resisting this onslaught and attempting to bring to bear a new understanding and discourse on so-called LGBTI issues in Africa notably by contextualizing these in the ever growing democratic regression and class struggle on the continent.  Continue Reading…

Training course for young bloggers and youth activists online

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Young people combating hate speech online – call for participants – Received by e-mail, From: Ruxandra Pandea, Date: 05/04/2012 (call list for applications).

Dear all, The Council of Europe Youth Department is launching a new flagship project ‘Young people combating hate speech online’ spanning over 2012 and 2013. The project aims to combat racism and discrimination in their online expression of hate speech by equipping young people and youth organisations with the competences necessary to recognise and act against such human rights violations.   Continue Reading…

Requests for Information: 19 March – 1 April 2012

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Received by e-mail, From: Global HRE List Moderator, Date: 05/04/2012

Dear members, Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv in the past two weeks. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can directly respond to the request:  Continue Reading…

Egypt’s looming economic shock doctrine

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Sharif Abdel Kouddous, April 5, 2012.

The Egyptian economy will need of some kind of financial aid within the next few months to avoid a severe downturn. Egypt is teetering on the edge of an economic crisis. Cast adrift in a deepening political quagmire over the past fourteen months, the economy has now reached a critical juncture, as the country faces the pressing challenge of financing a large budget deficit as rapidly dwindling foreign currency reserves threaten to crack apart an already fragile situation.  Continue Reading…

L’Excision comme punition: elle risque l’excision pour son enquête sur les Sandés

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Publié dans Kadidia, webmagazine de la femme Africaine, le 2 avril 2012.

Au Liberia, Mae Azango, journaliste au quotidien vit sous la menace depuis qu’elle a mené une enquête sur l’excision.  Continue Reading…

Greece: Protest of the day

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Published on Real-World Economic Review Blog RWER, by David Ruccio, April 6, 2012.

First: the hand written text in greek … //

… Here is a translation of the note left by Dimitris Christoulas, the 77-year-old retired pharmacist who committed suicide in the middle of Syntagma Square on 4 April:

  • The occupying Tsolakoglou government has annulled even the last means of my survival, a dignified pension funded by me alone (without any support from State) for 35 years of my life.
  • Given that my age does not grant me the individual possibility of a forceful reaction (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him) I see no other solution than a dignified end, before I start picking up the garbage to find something to eat.
  • I believe that our youth with no future, will one day pick up their arms and hang the traitors of this Nation upside down at Syntagma square, just like the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945 (Piazza Loreto, Milan). Continue Reading…

The South challenges globalization

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Samir Amin, April 4, 2012.

The increased strength of emerging countries of the South confronts the challenges of contemporary globalization.

The current situation finds the decline of old centers (USA, Europe and Japan), in crisis, in opposition to the impetuous growth of emerging countries (China and others). There are three options: the current crisis spreads to the emerging countries and seriously hinders their development; they nevertheless continue to grow and lead to a revival of capitalism, more focused on Asia and South America; the development of emerging countries deconstructs globalization as it is now and produces a truly polycentric world in which they will combine and confront, progressing towards democratic and popular alternatives and violent restorations.    Continue Reading…

Liberia. Une journaliste reçoit des menaces à cause d’une enquête

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Publié dans Ouest, le 30 mars 2012.

Mae Azango, reporter au quotidien libérien Front Page Africa, a dévoilé au grand public un scandale d’initiation rituelle, impliquant des mutilations génitales. Elle fait aujourd’hui l’objet de graves menaces et doit se cacher.

Le 8 mars, elle publiait le témoignage d’une jeune femme, excisée à l’âge de 8 ans par des membres des Sandés, une société secrète féminine où les adolescentes sont préparées au mariage et où les mutilations génitales sont pratiquées comme rites d’initiation.   Continue Reading…

pouquoi les MGF dans nos communautés

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Publié dans, le 20 mars 2012.

… Les mutations génitales sont les produits de divers facteurs culturels, religieux et sociaux au sein de nos communautés, après plusieurs enquêtes pour connaître les raisons de ces pratiques nous avons pu obtenir les réponses qui sont entre autre:   Continue Reading…

African democracy: A glass half-full

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Representative government is still on the march in Africa, despite recent hiccups – Published on The Economist, March 31, 2012.

WHICH way will African politics go? The way of Senegal, where the president conceded electoral defeat on March 25th to a younger rival, extending a democratic tradition unbroken since independence in 1960? Or is nearby Mali a more troubling bellwether? A few days before Senegal’s vote, junior army officers stormed and looted the presidential palace in the Malian capital, Bamako, abruptly ending a 20-year stretch of democracy that had raised hopes for the wider region (see article) … //   Continue Reading…

SPIRULINA / SPIRULINE – against malnutrition / contre la malnutrition

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videos and texts in fr and en:

Africa: From Berlin to Brussels: Will Europe underdevelop Africa again?

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Published  on Pambazuka News, by Chukwuma Charles Soludo, March 29, 2012.

Almost all the flexibilities in policy choice that Africa and other developing countries won under the WTO are lost under the EPAs.

Africa is in trouble. Its future is once again on the table, and it is Europe that holds the ace. Unlike the Berlin Conference of 1884 to 1885 which balkanized Africa among 13 European powers as guaranteed sources of raw materials and market, the current contraption under the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) spearheaded from Brussels is the modern day equivalent of the Berlin Conference. At issue in both Berlin and Brussels is whether or not Africa can be allowed latitude to conduct trade, industrial and development policies for her own development or for the development of Europe.    Continue Reading…

survival agriculture, poor, economic structures, mini farmings

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videos and some texts in different languages:

Programmes: earthrise – environmental solutions

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Watch these videos, about some 25 min. each, published on Al Jazeera: today episodes 1 to 8.

Other links:   Continue Reading…

UN moves to curb farmland grabs

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab (first on Financial Times), by Javier Blas, March 25, 2012.

The UN has proposed that countries set limits on the size of agriculture land sales to regulate the growing trend of so-called farmland grabs.

The new voluntary guidelines won the consensus of nearly 100 countries this month after three years of negotiations and are now set to be ratified in May at a special session in Rome of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.   Continue Reading…